Manchester City have made Football League history by opening a calendar year with nine successive victories.
The Blues preserved their faultless record in 2021 by edging out Sheffield United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus netted the only goal of the game in that contest, with Pep Guardiola’s resurgent side cementing their standing at the top of the Premier League table.
Since the turn of the year, City have proved too strong for Chelsea, Manchester United, Birmingham, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Cheltenham, West Brom and Sheffield United.
No side has ever been so dominant in January, with an ambitious outfit adding another notable entry to the history books.
City’s latest success has also seen them hit a new club high.
The Blues’ winning run actually stretches back into 2020, with 12 straight victories secured stretching back to the middle of December – when they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom on home soil.
Nobody has got close to them since then, allowing positive progress to be made in more trophy quests.
A stunning 12-game sequence represents the longest winning run City have ever been on.
Only Arsenal, who achieved the same feat between August and October 2007, can claim to have matched the Blues’ efforts in the Premier League era